NOT Nicotine Free
A host of new nicotine products are hitting the streets to play, prey and produce pay upon the chemical captivity of our brothers and sisters still in bondage. The newest entrant, Vector's Quest, takes advantage of hundreds of millions in NRT marketing that conditioned smokers to believe that they could gradually wean themselves off of nicotine by slowly stepping down their intake while using the nicotine patch, spray, gum, inhaler and lozenge, a game which recent studies have declared is not an effective means of cessation - (see Sept. 11, 2002 JAMA study - http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v288n10 ... 11973.html and November 2002 Health Affairs study - http://www.healthaffairs.org/1130_abstr ... n6/s24.pdf
The difference between Quest and NRT is that the nicotine addict gets to continue smoking while inhaling 10 milligrams of tar, 43 known carcinogens and over 4,000 individual chemical constituents, while playing the nicotine weaning game.
Yes, nicotine addicts now have three different packs of Quest that respectively deliver .6mg, .3mg and .05 mg of nicotine per cigarette, using tobacco from genetically engineered tobacco plants. It's amazing that Vector can claim that the pack containing .05 mg of nicotine per cigarette is "NICOTINE FREE" when it just flatly isn't true.
Does a cigarette containing .05 mg of nicotine carry the potential to induce relapse? In light of the youth dependency findings in the 2002 HONC study (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/quer ... t=Abstract ) there is plenty of room for legitimate concern. Thousands upon thousands of nicotine addicts appear to have been able to sustain their nicotine needs while smoking Merit, Now, Carlton, Next, Cambridge, and Bristol, each of which fielded brands containing .1 mg of nicotine or less.
The companies official web site - http://www.questcigs.com/home.asp - contains the following:
WARNING: This product is NOT intended for using in quitting smoking. Quest is for smokers seeking to reduce nicotine exposure only.There is only sure fire way to keep our healing and glory alive and each of us know that it involves one simple rule - Never Take Another Puff!
Available in 7 U.S. States
Mon January 27, 2003 02:17 PM ETNEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Smokers who want the cigarette without the nicotine now have a product they can reach for on store shelves, according to a Monday announcement.The company Vector Group Ltd. announced that it is now selling nicotine-reduced and nicotine-free cigarettes in stores in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan.
The cigarettes are marketed under the label Quest, and are available in three varieties. Quest 1 has only 0.6 milligrams of nicotine, Quest 2 halves that amount, and Quest 3 contains only trace amounts of the addictive substance.
Company representatives report that the Quest cigarettes taste and smoke like other cigarettes.
They caution that the product is designed to help smokers cut back on nicotine, and not to quit smoking altogether.
"For years experts have agreed that nicotine is the addictive element that keeps nearly 50 million US smokers hooked on cigarettes," Dr. Tony Albino of Vector Group said in a statement.
"We believe that reducing the levels of nicotine in cigarettes--and eliminating it altogether in Quest 3--is a significant achievement, which could ultimately provide a major contribution to public health," Albino added.
http://asia.reuters.com/newsArticle.jht ... ID=2118207